British Ministers Back Action To Deter Syrian Chemical Weapon Use

May ready to approve military action over Syria attack - BBC

Citing US estimates that Assad has used chemical weapons "at least 50 times" in the seven-year war, Haley said: "All nations and all people will be harmed if we allow Assad to normalize the use of chemical weapons".

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he believes there was a chemical attack in Syria and that the United States is looking for the evidence.

Assad's main ally Russian Federation has repeatedly issued warnings to the U.S. that it will shoot back at missiles, warships and jets if they strike against Syria, bringing the United States and Russian Federation into direct conflict for the first time. "We are continuing to assess intelligence and are engaged in conversations with our partners and allies".

The Assad regime is known to have stocks of the nerve agent sarin, and has previously used a mixture of chlorine and sarin in attacks, say US officials.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn raised the spectre of the war on Thursday as he insisted MPs should be recalled from their Easter break to have their say on Syria. US officials have been consulting with France, Britain and other allies on a possible joint military operation, but the timing remained in doubt Wednesday.

The United States is consulting with Britain and France about a joint military response to an alleged toxic gas attack in the rebel-held town of Douma that medics and rescuers said left at least 40 people dead on Saturday.

Why do we concern ourselves with the civil war in Syria only when chemical weapons are used ["Trump vows quick response to attack in Syria", front page, April 10]?

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Half a world away in New York, Russia's United Nations ambassador warned the priority in Syria was to avert US-led strikes that could lead to a unsafe confrontation between the world's two preeminent nuclear powers.

Her office said that May had talked with US President Donald Trump by telephone on Thursday evening to discuss Syria. Trump wrote in a Thursday morning tweet that an attack could happen "very soon or not so soon at all".

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday said France has proof that the Syrian government launched chlorine gas attacks and that France would not tolerate "regimes that think everything is permitted".

Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said it is "vital that parliament has the chance to debate and decide in advance" of any military action, which he warned "risks a risky escalation of the conflict".

"The Syrian government denies responsibility".

In the call, the two leaders had agreed that the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "had established a pattern of unsafe behaviour in relation to the use of chemical weapons", Downing Street said. France is already involved in the USA -led coalition created in 2014 to fight the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

Russian Federation has been involved in the Syrian conflict since 2015 and became Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's main ally in the war against armed opposition groups. Multiple IS terror attacks have targeted France, including one last month.

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